Jacob's ladder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Jacob's ladder (nautical) a hanging ladder of ropes or chains supporting wooden or metal rungs or steps
    • n Jacob's ladder pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Jacob's ladder (Bot) A perennial herb of the genus Polemonium Polemonium c┼ôruleum), having corymbs of drooping flowers, usually blue. Gray.
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Usage

In literature:

He look up thru de pine tree tops and say: 'I see Jacob's ladder.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Father talked for fifteen minutes, all about Jacob's ladder, and those old stories.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
By strenuous work alone Man mounts on Jacob's ladder to God's throne.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
He attained the foot of the stairs and the flight of steps seemed as long and as misty as Jacob's Ladder.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
That'll bring us out near 'Jacob's Ladder.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
He was thinking of Ruth, watching her descend the Jacob's ladder into Carew's waiting arms.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Something was always going up from the foot of this Jacob's ladder called "the Master" to the higher regions called the Court of Appeal.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
I wants to climb up Jacob's ladder, ladder, Jacob's ladder, till I gits in de new Jerusalem.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves." by Work Projects Administration
What he wanted was "Jacob's Ladder"; the possibility or otherwise was nothing to him.
"Stained Glass Work" by C. W. Whall
The long dreary suspense was over; our relief was near, and I slid down the Jacob's ladder, pale and speechless.
"The Last Cruise of the Saginaw" by George H. Read
Polemonium, from its numerous leaflets arranged in pairs, has received the picturesque name of Jacob's ladder.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin
On the west front is sculptured the founder's dream of angels ascending and descending on Jacob's ladder.
"Cathedral Cities of England" by George Gilbert
Coming out from Jacob's ladder upon the Parvis, there was a wide view over the meadows and the river.
"Hospital Sketches" by Robert Swain Peabody
They go up the nocturnal passage of the Jacob's-ladder.
"The Invisible Lodge" by Jean Paul
The pretty ladder-like leaf of Jacob's Ladder is most delicate and pleasing in the garden, and its blue bell-flowers are equally refined.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
Jacob's ladder and struggle is vivid enough to be sung.
"Religious Folk-Songs of the Southern Negroes" by Howard W. Odum
Jacob's ladder repainted in Darwinian symbols.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
Then they had her to a place, and showed her Jacob's ladder.
"The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan" by John Bunyan
A small line leading through the centre of the steps of a rope or Jacob's ladder.
"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana
Its construction will be readily understood from the description of the 'Jacob's Ladder' which follows next in order.
"Sharps and Flats" by John Nevil Maskelyne
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In poetry:

Opens a door in Heaven; From skies of glass
A Jacob's ladder falls
On greening grass, And o'er the mountain-walls
Young angels pass.
"Early Spring" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
But (when so sad thou canst not sadder)
Cry;--and upon thy so sore loss
Shall shine the traffic of Jacob's ladder
Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross.
"The Kingdom of God" by Francis Thompson
He saw the spot where Jacob's ladder stood,
The oaks at Mamre where their father prayed,
Saw Bashan with its pastures and its wood,
And the rude cave where Abram Sarah laid.
"A Glimpse Of Heaven" by Joseph Horatio Chant
His Highness now how small He lies!
He to be God and Very God!
A Jacob's ladder spans the skies
Whereof each rung is angel-trod,
And all their carols are of Peace,
Though the sick world hath little ease.
"A Birth-Night Song" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Overhead, reflected headlights glinted along the cables of the 22 Muni line like a Jacob's ladder.
It's Like A Paper Jacob's Ladder.
Pace tells Jacob's Ladder story.
Danny Pace, Bible teacher and assistant at Kentucky Christian School, shares the story of Jacob's Ladder with second graders.
JACOB'S LADDER A Story of Virginia During the War.
Up 'Jacob's Ladder' And Into the Hell Of a Veteran's Psyche.
TRAILERS FOR THE NEW FILM "Jacob's Ladder" suggest a horror flick set in a New York City subway.
CLIMBING JACOB'S LADDER, SCARED STIFF.
"Soul of Jacob's Ladder," by Damien Hirst, photo-based print.
Katie McKenzie, 3, from Battle Ground plays with a Jacob's ladder toy as other children play graces, a hoop-and-stick game, Saturday at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Medic Jacob Souder climbed the ladder to help pry the cat's claw from the tangled wire.
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